Conservatives will force people to use photo ID to vote, stopping millions from taking part in future elections : Independent

The law could ban a whole 7.5 per cent of the electorate from voting.

The Conservatives are to stop people from voting if they don’t own a passport or a driving licence.

The plans to force people to show ID when they vote could stop millions of people from taking part in future elections.

The law would stop an estimated 3.5 million people, or 7.5 per cent of the electorate, from voting, according to the Electoral Commission. Those people would be stopped from voting entirely.

The Conservatives are to stop people from voting if they don’t own a passport or a driving licence.

The plans to force people to show ID when they vote could stop millions of people from taking part in future elections.

The law would stop an estimated 3.5 million people, or 7.5 per cent of the electorate, from voting, according to the Electoral Commission. Those people would be stopped from voting entirely.

“The government should be doing all it can to encourage lawful voting and ensure a high turnout, not putting extra hurdles in the way,” Labour’s shadow minister for voter engagement Cat Smith said when such laws were proposed in December. “The plans for photo ID are like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut, potentially denying a vote to millions.”

The manifesto was launched today with a commitment that introducing such rules would allow the British public to have “confident in our democracy”.

“We will legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting, to reform postal voting and to improve other aspects of the elections process to ensure that our elections are the most secure in the world. We will retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper, and tackle every aspect of electoral fraud,” the manifesto reads.

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